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    The Blockade Again… Fidel’s War Against Windmills

    The Blockade Again… Fidel’s War Against Windmills / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos

    14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 28 October 2016 – Launching an
    advertising campaign, deploying a costly diplomatic action charged to
    the Cuban people against a “blockade” that doesn’t have a single
    opponent in the United Nations, because even the United States
    government abstained, is at the very least to make yourself a
    laughingstock to the world.

    This happens when politics is not structured based on rational thought,
    nor even on your own interests, but on the remains of pride, madness and

    We discover, one more time, that this campaign is directed against the
    Cuban people whom it tries to continue to disinform and shut up with
    nonsense seeking justifications for suicidally clinging to obsolete
    methods and ideas, superseded by history, even at the cost of
    international credibility.

    The world doesn’t care about fidelismo, about the Castro regime. It is
    demonstrably tired of it. The regime’s goal is to maintain power within.
    An absolute power that makes room for any nonsense, so corrupt is it, so
    addicted and brutish.

    The US government’s intelligent abstention in the periodic vote in the
    UN General Assembly on the American embargo on Cuba, left the Cuban
    government, as we say colloquially, with the rifle on its shoulder ready
    to swing at a ball that hasn’t been pitched, or falling under the cannon
    fire of a ghost ship on the high seas.

    Now how are they going to keep blaming Obama and his government for the
    permanence of some strings of the blockade (as the Cuban government
    likes to calls it), or the embargo (as it is, in fact).

    The overwhelming media and mobilizing campaign against the “blockade”
    reached its zenith on the eave of the UN vote on the repeated Castro
    regime proposal stating the “need to put an end to the economic,
    commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of
    America against Cuba.”

    Cuba’s press organs spent several days trying to demonstrate that the
    blockade-embargo is the cause of all our ills. For weeks, the
    repudiation rallies have been unending in work and study centers, led by
    the likes of television talking-head Randy Alonso, against a policy that
    never diminished one iota the well-being of the political elite and
    which, instead, has served to justify its disasters, repressions and
    phobias toward democracy.

    People, meanwhile, play at the Soviet era game in Russia: “They pretend
    to pay us and we pretend to work.” Which translated in this context
    would mean something like “they try to deceive us and we let them think
    we believe them so they’ll leave us alone.”

    If anything has demonstrated once again how useful fidelismo is in
    maintaining what is left of the embargo, it is precisely this beardless
    social mobilization to entertain people and the rigged domestic measures
    to counter the “imperialist penetration,” which at any particular moment
    they identify with the policies approved by the last congress of the
    Cuban Communist Party (PCC) regarding self-employment, cooperatives and
    foreign investments.

    The policy of rapprochement with the United States, developed in the
    last years of the Obama administration, which has been taking steps
    since the last Bush administration, has reached the reestablishment of
    relations, the signing of several presidential orders modifying nearly
    everything that is not codified by Congress, and even the visit of the
    US president to Cuba, whose people did not hide their joy at possibly
    the most momentous visit by a head of state in the last half century.

    The US president has been very clear: he wants to live the blockade, but
    it doesn’t depend on him. He is doing everything he can to dismantle it
    from the office of the president. It’s clear that he would like a
    democratic government in Havana with whom the US would have better
    relations, but he does not intend to meddle in Cuban affairs. He said
    this in Cuba: this is a matter for Cubans.

    But it doesn’t matter, the campaign against the blockade will continue.
    Fidelismo cannot live without enemies, and even though the adversary
    vows, promises and acts constructively, he must continue to be blamed
    for all wrongs and his “fifth column” must be repressed. If not, on whom
    is going to fall the historic blame for the disaster? Because history
    “must absolve” it*.

    Fidel’s war against the windmills will continue.

    *Translator’s note: A phrase taken from Fidel Castro’s defense in court
    (according to a version later published by he himself) for the 1953
    attack on the Moncada Barracks, which is considered the start of the
    Revolution that ultimately triumphed in 1959: “Condemn me, it does not
    matter. History will absolve me.”

    Source: The Blockade Again… Fidel’s War Against Windmills / 14ymedio,
    Pedro Campos – Translating Cuba –

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